State Relations

October 5, 2013

UW plays key role in state’s adoption of “Next Gen” science standards

The Seattle Times reports that Washington will be the eighth state to adopt the “Next Generation Science Standards,” which outline what students should know about big ideas of science, key practices scientists and engineers use to solve problems, and fundamental concepts that apply across all scientific fields.

The Times highlights the prominent role played by the UW:

The University of Washington has played a prominent role both in developing the standards and in helping teachers teach them.

Philip Bell, director of the university’s Institute for Science + Math Education, was one of 18 experts brought together by the National Research Council to identify the key ideas and practices in science that all high-school graduates should know not only for their jobs and further education, but to become scientifically literate citizens.

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